Nicky Hepburn

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Nicky Hepburn

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EXHIBITED WORK
Couronnes de Fleurs
18ct yellow gold and 21 various sized rubies
3 x 2 x 2cm
$5,000

ARTIST STATEMENT
Couronnes de Fleurs was designed and made for a selected show at e.g.etalGallery for its 15th year anniversary exhibition, “The Ruby Collection”  Couronnes de Fleurs – Floral tributeThree 18ct Yellow Gold rings made as a stack and set with 21 Rubies. A Floral tribute to celebrate 15 years of eg.etal.  Ring one-  Ruboteus Telopea only found in and around Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. Impossible to find unless one is looking for contemporary jewellery. This is a slow grower, bearing gorgeous smooth red buds and pointed, close growing petals. It is a miniature variety and is a great companion plant. Can be found in 18ct yellow and white gold. Its red buds, when held close to ones heart, have been known to aid in creative pursuits.   Ring two-  Ruby Berry Antarctica a many faceted berry bush native to Melbourne’s laneways and basements. Urban food for jewellery lovers. The plant bears prolific fruit, often overlooked and underrated. It has several coloured fruits but the “ruby red” is reputed to be a great gem of great worth and is regarded as efficient in protecting the health of the bearer. It removes evil thoughts from the mind, controls amorous desires of the heart and reconciles quarrels between lovers and friends.  Ring threeRougiola Latifolium, attractive ground cover, with ruby red cats eye like flowers in autumn/winter. Native to large very liveable city centres, and is suitable for denseground cover between bricks and window frames, particularly those windows facing underground spaces. The particular ruby colour of the flower is believed to hold a spark of heavenly flame, a living fire which cannot be hidden. Not only does this flower give forth light but also heat and in olden times it was held that if thrown into a vessel containing water, it set the water boiling.

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